Head On (video game)
|Platform(s)||Arcade, Commodore 64, VIC-20|
|Arcade system||Sega VIC Dual|
|CPU||1 × Z80 @ 1.93 MHz|
|Display||Raster, 256 × 224, horizontal|
Head On (ヘッドオン, Heddo On) is an arcade game released in 1979 by Sega. Cars continuously drive forward through rectangular channels in a simple maze. At the four cardinal directions are gaps where a car can change lanes. The goal is to collect dots in the maze while avoiding collisions with the computer-controlled car that is also collecting dots. It's the first maze game where the goal is to run over dots, and Head On is considered a precursor to Namco's 1980 hit Pac-Man.
A very similar sequel was released the same year as the original: Head On 2. Licensed clones were developed based on the title. One of the licensees was Nintendo, who modified and released their version as Head On N.
A spiritual successor, Pacar, was released for the Sega SG-1000. The version features updated graphics, a faux 3D environment, multiple enemy cars that chase the player in varying ways, tunnels that exit the maze, and Power Pellets that are produced by the player to eliminate enemy cars. These additions make it more like a Pac-Man clone.
A mobile phone version of Head On titled Sonic's Head On was released exclusively in Japan in 2000.
Head On proved a popular concept to clone for home systems. Clones include Car Wars for the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, Killer Car for Spectravideo, Car Chase for the ZX Spectrum, Dodge 'Em for the Atari 2600, Dodge Racer for the Atari 8-bit family, Tunnels of Fahad for the TRS-80, and Yuu Maze for the Famicom Disk System.
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